Can a summer of love make up for a lifetime of secrets?

Wedding fever has taken over Harmony Harbor this summer, and the local matchmakers have set their sights on Theia Lawson, a former Navy pilot who’s in town for a stay at Greystone Manor. And while Theia’s got her reasons to put this small town behind her as fast as she can, there’s a certain tall, dark, and irresistible man that she can’t seem to get off her mind. 

Firefighter Marco DiRossi wants to beat the matchmakers at their own game so he conspires with Theia to pretend they’ve already fallen in love. It’s only for the summer. What could go wrong? Yet as the beach season draws to a close, Marco and Theia find their pretend relationship has led to a very real attraction. But when a secret from the past is revealed, jeopardizing everything they hold dear, can this unlikely couple find their way to a happily-ever-after?

Titles in the Harmony Harbor series include –  Mistletoe Cottage – Christmas with an Angel (#1.5) – Starlight Bridge – Primrose Lane – Sugarplum Way – Driftwood Cove – Sandpiper Shore – The Corner of Holly and Ivy – Barefoot Beach – Christmas in Harmony Harbor –

Title:  Barefoot Beach
Series:  Harmony Harbor #8
Author:  Debbie Mason
Genre:  Contemporary Romance
Published:  June 4, 2019
Publisher:  Forever (Grand Central Publishing)
My Rating:  4 stars

I have loved the Harmony Harbor series full of family with all of the craziness involved, one determined (long passed) matriarch of the family who is dedicated to seeing her descendants happily wed, quite a few long-buried secrets that slowly make their way to the surface and an enemy to all that this family holds dear is lurking in the wings.  Now tell me – what is not to love about that?  It feels as if we are nearing the ending of this series, and I will be sorry to leave Harmony Harbor but what a ride it’s been and continues to be with BAREFOOT BEACH.

Theia is holding a secret close and guarded.  What she didn’t expect was to be asked to play pretend girlfriend to the town’s hottest good guy, Marco.  When that secret gets out (and they always do) the pretend no longer feels false but the real feelings between Theia and Marco are now in jeopardy.  Somehow they have to fight past the truth, no matter how ugly, and get back to the love they felt mixed in with the pretend.  Town matchmakers, a wedding happy ghost and her sidekick are working hard to make this romance a lifetime commitment.  Now Theia and Marco have to decide if what they had is real enough to really fight for.

BAREFOOT BEACH left me with a smile on my face, so many feels, and a satisfying visit to Harmony Harbor.  I’m repeating myself, but I do love this crazy town and the people who live there.  Haven’t visited here yet?  Well, each story could stand on its own in many ways, yet… they each connect as well with characters, and a series arching secret yet to be revealed.  My suggestion would be to start from the beginning if you can.  It’s an amazing journey that if you love a good Romance you won’t want to miss.

*I received an e-ARC of this novel from the publisher via NetGalley. That does not change what I think of this story.  It is my choice to leave a review giving my personal opinion about this book.*

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